Annotated Bibliography #6 – Weblogs are all connected!Posted on August 21st, 2011 No comments
Mortensen and Walker’s extract states that ‘weblogs are densely interlinked’ (2002, p. 259). This statement is indeed true. Try to find one blog that does not have links in their blog entries. It is almost impossible to find one as Blood (2002, cited in Herring et al. 2005, p. 1) describes that if a person does not link to the primary material when they refer to it, it cannot be defined as a keeping a weblog.
That’s the reason why weblogs are filled with links, to the extent that you could be on three different website in less than a minute. Weblogs would usually have blogroll where bloggers link to their favourite bloggers and in their blog entries, they link to the people or subject they are writing about.
For example, just recently, I found myself reading a blog entry about MTV World Stage concert in Malaysia. The next thing I knew, I was clicking on the links that lead me to the main page of the concert and to the other bloggers who went to the concert as well.
Having said that, we can see how weblogs are closely connected to one another especially weblogs with the same interest or topic. There is always a link that connects you to another blog or related information. Just as how Mortesen and Walker describes that ‘weblogs tend to come together in clusters as they link to each other‘ (p. 271). Links will gradually grow but at the end, all the links are bonded and connected. From one link, it will connect you to another link. It is never-ending.
- Herring, SC, Kouper, I, Paolillo, JC, Scheidt, LA, Tyworth, M, Welsch, P, Wright, E & Yu, N 2005, ‘Conversations in the blogosphere: an analysis “from the bottom up”’, in Proceedings of the 38th Hawaii International Conference, System Sciences, pp. 1-11.
- Mortensen, T & Walker, J 2002, ‘Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool’ in Researching Ict’s in Context. Ed. Andrew Morrison. Oslo: University of Oslo, pp. 249-259.
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